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Paul Collingwood targets more silverware before retirement

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Former England captain, Paul Collingwood, is determined to have one last hurrah with his home county of Durham before he retires from professional cricket.

After leading the north-eastern county to the championship in 2013, the 37-year-old is determined to enjoy the last of his time in a playing capacity.

An Ashes and World T20 winner, Collingwood has been a great servant to his country inside the boundary rope, and he is hoping that he can maintain that success in first-class cricket.

Speaking to BBC Newcastle, the all-rounder stated: "You want to put in the big performances and go out on a real high. The goal is to win things with this team but also contribute runs."

Collingwood has just entered into the final season of a current three-year deal with Durham, and as yet it is unclear as to whether his stay will be extended further.

Nevertheless, he still wants to contribute what he still can to a side he has spent nearly two decades with.

One eye has already been cast to the future, and Collingwood could well have a coaching career waiting for him when retirement finally comes. He acted as an assistant to Ashley Giles in England’s recent limited-over tour of the Caribbean and their World T20 campaign.

Whilst the Three Lions were disappointing on those respective trips to the West Indies and Bangladesh, the Durham skipper’s name still carries a lot of integrity, which will stand him in good stead when it comes to approaching alternative jobs away from the ECB set-up.

One operation he may decide to delve into again could be just north of Hadrian’s Wall. Last year, Collingwood helped coach Scotland to qualification for the 2015 World Cup, something that he may be interested in immersing himself in again.

But for now, his attention is finely attuned towards domestic cricket: "It's been enjoyable [coaching] but now it's back to normal stuff and another big summer for us."

The three-time Ashes victor has had a sparkling career in which he has amazed fans around the world with his batting, bowling and fielding attributes. 

He really is the definition of a modern day cricketing all-rounder – a factor that should make him even more sought-after when he retires from playing.

But he isn’t finished just yet, and is keen to continue improving the newest county in the championship. Despite only gaining entry in 1991, Durham have already claimed three titles.

Collingwood added: "At any time you want to enjoy what you do and I've been privileged to do this for a long time and I've enjoyed it. When something is closing to an end you want to enjoy it even more and savour every moment." 

A lot of satisfaction is still granted whenever he steps out of the pavilion, and that hunger will keep driving on the veteran. And a captain who had a Test average above 40 is only going to have a positive impact on his squad.

Durham and Collingwood began the defence of their four-day championship away to Northamptonshire on Sunday.

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